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Trump releases border wall ad targeting 'complicit' Dems amid government shutdown

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The Trump administration on Saturday released a video promoting the U.S.-Mexico border wall construction and targeting Democrats for complicity in any crimes that illegal immigrants may commit in coming days.

What's in the ad?

The new 30-second video campaign includes footage of Luis Enriquez Bracamontes, a Mexican illegal immigrant who was deported from the U.S. multiple times on drug charges.

Bracamontes was in court last week, where he boasted of killing Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Davis Jr. in 2014.

"I don’t regret that s***," Bracamontes laughed in court. "Only thing that I f***ing regret is that I just killed two. I wish I had killed more of the motherf***ers."

He also told jurors, "I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever f***ing gets in front of me ... There’s no need for a f***ing trial."

If convicted, Bracamontes could face the death penalty.

A voiceover on the video can be heard condemning crimes like Bracamontes' as "pure evil."

What else is in the video?

Other footage in the video features what appears to be border patrol officers accosting an illegal immigrant, another undocumented immigrant attempting to cross the border.

The video later features footage of Democrat congressional leaders Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as well as Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill).

"President Trump is right: build the wall. Deport criminals. Stop illegal immigration now," the video says.  "Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants."

The video was released on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, as well as the day the government shutdown commenced.

What have some said about the ad?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN on Sunday that he thought the ad was "really unbelievable and so sad for our country that we have a President of the United States that says such nonsense and such outrageous statements."

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday that he wasn't sure if the ad was "necessarily productive," but noted that Democrats "are complicit with not getting things done."

Anything else?

Democrats have so far refused to support a spending plan unless the GOP agrees to strike a bargain protecting the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients from deportation.

Trump on Friday tweeted, "Not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very dangerous Southern Border. Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy."

As of Sunday, the White House's recorded voicemail intro could be heard blaming Democrats for the government shutdown, noting that the White House wasn't currently accepting calls.

"Thank you for calling the White House," the message begins. "Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today because congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and other national security priorities, hostage to an unrelated immigration debate."

The message continues, "Due to this obstruction, the government is shut down. In the meantime, you can leave a comment for the president at We look forward to taking your calls as soon as the government reopens."

The phone line disconnects after the recording plays in its entirety.

Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday told U.S. servicemen that immigrations talks between the White House and lawmakers would cease until such a time as the government shutdown ends.

"We're going to demand they reopen the government," Pence told servicemen gathered at a military installation on the Syrian border. "In fact, we're not going to reopen negotiations on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you, our soldiers, and your families the benefits and wages you've earned."

He added, "Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, a minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay, but you deserve better."

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